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{May 27, 2013}   So You Think *I* Can Dance???

Okay, let’s get right down to it. I’m in a play. With my daughter. She LOVES live theater (thanks to me) and has learned to appreciate viewing it from the audience as well as from a position on the stage. She’s actually done quite a few shows compared to me at her age. Most of my experience came during my teens and twenties, but I’ve been in a show here and there since becoming a mom. The last thing I did was Tony & Tina’s Wedding. No singing, no dancing and a very loosely structured “plot” that encouraged comedic improvisation. Great for someone without a lot of time to prepare.

But that’s SO not the case now.

Vivien and I are currently in rehearsals for a huge musical production entitled Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by a little-known composer named Andrew Lloyd Webber. Perhaps you’ve heard of him? (Wink) This show doesn’t know the meaning of improvisation. And the singing? It’s a continuous, multi-layered chorus of harmonies, varying genres and changeable tempos and rhythms enough to test any performer. Even the lyrics can be challenging.

You’ll see when you get to 2:45. That’s 57 colors spat out in rapid succession. And, yes, there are moves to go along with all of it. … MOVES!

Honestly, I’m not too worried about the singing. But the moves, dear Lord, THE MOVES! Also known as dancing. There is just so much dancing in this show. From the Charleston to the Jitterbug, from Apache to Calypso, from Western Square to 60s Go-Go. And then there’s me … floundering like a fish and just trying my damnedest not to fall off the stage … or worse … knock someone else off. Allow me to demonstrate my abilities with this video.

Keep your eye on Bobby during this number. I wanted to single out a particular moment but there were just so many. He is constantly a beat behind the others and actually stumbles a few times. Not that I’m making fun. (Pity)

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I may or may not have broken a toe a few days ago. By dropping a computer on it. The swelling is finally down but the deep purple is as vibrant as ever … and making a foot fist is completely out of the question. I snapped a picture of it but then decided unequivocally NOT to post it. (Apparently, I have limits to the grossness I will share. Who knew?)

So anyway, as you glide gracefully through your day, moving effortlessly from one destination to the next with all the agility and form of a majestic eagle, please say a little prayer that I might be able to get my spazzery under control for about a dozen performances in about a month.

I’m very afraid. For all of us.

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Anna G . says:

Where will you be performing? Joseph is one of my favorite musicals.



Amy says:

I have 0% dancing skills. I usually refer to my dancing as “spazzing out”. I’d rather just sway in the corner, oblivious to the world. lol I’m sure you’ll do fine. Either way, it will make an awesome blog post, right? Haha



bbutler2013 says:

This all sounds very exciting but sorry to hear about your toe. I wish I lived in Louisiana, I would love to see you in action. So as they say “Break a Leg” but don’t take this literally. :D



looklucklove says:

Wow! Good luck! I thought about trying out for a play at our local civic center, but I chickened out. You are very brave!



Mel says:

At least you have an appropriate-for-families-in-the-audience costume. *ahem* Go, Michele, go! :)



When I was in high school I was in a program for the performing arts for half a day of school I loved it , except the dancing.. got me every time. I have boobs. Big boobs are not conducive to being smooth or doing a lot of bouncing.. not without pain to someone.. usually me. Good luck darling and have fun period that is what it is about anyway.



Kari says:

What a fantastic memory for you and ODNT Jr.! I mean doing the play together, not the dancing. ;) You’ll do fantastic. You’ll be posting video of it, right? RIGHT?



modmomelleroy says:

“Joseph” is a fun show and you’re gonna rock it Michele! I hope you don’t have a break on your hands…er…your foot…but if you do, you’re just gonna have to toe the line, sista! The show must go on! (Sorry. You know me…with the obnoxious puns…it’s a sickness, really.) It’ll be fun doing a show with your daughter. You have to keep us updated on the progress. I’m a theater person – I want deets. Very cool. I’m hearing the music now…”coat of many colors…”



Kir Piccini says:

I love when you break out the BRADY BUNCH ;)

you’re going to be great, Joseph is such an incredible show and the music too.

can’t wait to see the video!!



I so appreciate that you so appreciate the Brady references. Points on your score card. :)



Kir Piccini says:

I know that you and I would get along just fine, everything you write I sit and say “ME TOO!”

go, break a leg you SUPASTAR! ;)



I would think your purple toe would go nicely with the colors for Joseph’s dreamcoat. You’re just that dedicated to your daughter and your performance. You’re such a good mom. :-)



bolesen says:

I love that you are doing this with your daughter! What an awesome passion for you to share and a great way for her to see the “real” you in a different environment.



Oh Joseph is my favorite. I love the song about the dream coat and it is blue, green, yellow, red. That is awesome that you guys are doing this together! SO CUTE!!!



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